Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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Multiple Myeloma (MM) patients, survivors and caregivers can experience all of those things- stress, anxiety, brain damage, pain, heart damage, inflammation and hypertension. I know I do. Meditation may be useful to you.
Whether you are a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) patient, MM survivor or MM caregiver, living with multiple myeloma is difficult. Our blood cancer is incurable. We will go into and out of remission repeatedly for the rest of our lives.
We will get scanned, stuck, irradiated repeatedly. Most of us will be in pain some or all of the time.
Fortunately, there are a number of therapies shown to help us live with this incurable blood cancer. Meditation is one such therapy that I employ most nights. I say nights for two reasons.
When I say a good night’s sleep requires effort, I’m thinking when sleep didn’t really require any effort on my part at all. Until my MM diagnosis, I routinely sleep eight hours a night without a problem. Getting out of bed required effort. Now it is the other way around.
In any case, I now fall asleep easily but wake every night after 3-4 hours. And then getting back to sleep in my challenge. My solution? Meditation. Specifically, body scan medication.
If you have difficulty falling asleep or falling back asleep, I encourage you to learn about body scan medication below and then practice it. It will take some time before you are good at it. I practice body scan medication most every night and I am only somewhat proficient at this form of medication.
Slow, deep breaths. Focus on one body-part at a time, focus, relax, focus, relax.
According to the article linked below, medication can increase melatonin levels. I also supplement with low doses of melatonin once or twice a week. By low doses, I mean 300 mcg (micrograms).
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Multiple Myeloma – Sleep, Insomnia
Take it easy…
“If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you’re not alone. About 35 to 50 percentTrusted Source of adults worldwide regularly experience insomnia symptoms.
For many people, sleeping difficulty is related to stress. That’s because stress can cause anxiety and tension, making it hard to fall asleep. In some cases, stress can simply worsen existing sleep issues.
Meditation may help you sleep better. As a relaxation technique, it can quiet the mind and body while enhancing inner peace. When done before bedtime, meditation may help reduce insomnia and sleep troubles by promoting overall calmness…
When you meditate, a variety of physiological changes occur. These changes initiate sleep by influencing specific processes in your body.
For example, in a 2015 study published in JAMA Internal MedicineTrusted Source, researchers analyzed how mindfulness meditation affected 49 adults with moderate sleep issues. The participants were randomly assigned 6 weeks of meditation or sleep hygiene education. At the end of the study, the meditation group experienced fewer insomnia symptoms and less daytime fatigue.
According to the researchers, meditation likely helps in several ways. Sleep problems often stem from stress and worry, but meditation improves your relaxation response. It also improves control of the autonomic nervous system, which reduces how easily you’re awakened.
Meditation may also:
Meditation is a simple practice that can be done anywhere, anytime. You don’t need special tools or equipment. In fact, the only thing you need is a few minutes.
However, establishing a meditation routine takes practice. By making time for meditation, you’ll be more likely to enjoy its benefits.
Here are the basic steps of meditation:
In body scan meditation, you focus on each part of your body. The goal is to increase awareness of your physical sensations, including tension and pain. The act of focusing promotes relaxation, which can help you sleep.
Better sleep is just one benefit of meditation. When done regularly, meditation can also: